Evan Casper-Futterman is the program director of the Economic Democracy Learning Center at the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI) and a board member of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC). He received a master's degree in urban planning from the University of New Orleans and a PhD from the Bloustein school of planning and public policy at Rutgers University. The views expressed here are his own.
By Evan Casper-Futterman, Jason Spicer, Cooperation Jackson
Two recent books takeup the challenges of radical social and institutional transformation to make a GND maximally effective. One outlines the requirements for a maximally participatory democracy, but raises questions about its ideological valences; the other outlines a multilayered effort in one US city, leaving us with questions about organizational capacity to pull off the GND. Inasmuch as these works draw mainly on non-US examples, they magnify the challenges that remain here.